Volta is a term used to describe a turning point that occurs in varied forms of fourteen-line poems collectively called sonnets. Sometimes a volta undertakes a profound reversal; other times it is just a subtle shift that the poem presents or, better, performs. This installation includes a presentation of sonnets, but also represents an exchange with visual art. The word volta translated directly ...
Thu 22nd Nov, 2018
the fifty fifty arts collective and the Copper Owl are proud to present Hot Garbage from Toronto with locals Scars & Scarves and Mystery Lover
Melodic psychedelic rock from the capital of Canada.
Scars & Scarves
My Bloody Valentine mixed with Broadcast, enough said!
Mon 12th Nov, 2018
the fifty fifty arts collective presents
the fifty fifty arts collective is
proud to present
Odonis Odonis (Toronto, ON)
Since their blown-out 2011 debut Hollandaze, Toronto trio Odonis Odonis has continued to push their sound further into the depths of post-apocalyptic experimentation. Following 2016's foreboding Post Plague, No Pop is the band's starker, more dance-floor-friendly fourth LP.
Fri 9th Nov, 2018 - Fri 30th Nov, 2018
The fifty fifty is pleased to present Hollis Robert's in an exhibition alongside Makeshift Contemporary Textile Festival. For more information on Makeshift, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/535255260256008/
Originally from the Comox Valley, Hollis Roberts completed her BFA in Visual Arts from the University of Victoria in 2016. Her practice in sculpture and photography consists of ...
Sat 3rd Nov, 2018
reconstruct / deconstruct: closing event & informal artist talk
We would like to invite you to drop by the fifty fifty artist collective on Saturday, November 3rd between 12:00PM and 3:00PM to visit and have tea and snacks with artists Audie Murray and Kazmear Johnston on the last day of their exhibit. This will be a great opportunity to talk with the artists about the works and hear about their collaborative process. The artists also invite you to braid fabri...
Thu 25th Oct, 2018
the fifty fifty arts collective and the Copper Owl are proud to present
Melted Mirror (calgary)
"Like traversing a dark metropolis to a soundtrack of buzzing electronics, crystalline synth and morose vocal delivery, Melted Mirror take the most stylized elements of a late night and carry them through to the early morning. As much related ...
Thu 25th Oct, 2018
Open Space and The Fifty Fifty Arts Collective present Gordon Grdina's The Marrow Thursday, October 25 at 7:30pm.
Gordon Grdina is a Vancouver-based JUNO Award winning oud/guitarist whose career has spanned continents, decades and constant genre exploration throughout avant-garde jazz, free form improvisation, contemporary indie rock and classical Arabic. His singular approach to the instrument...
Thu 11th Oct, 2018 - Sat 3rd Nov, 2018
reconstruct / deconstruct
deconstruct / reconstruct :
ideas of ‘home’
bodies that surround us (this is not exclusive to human bodies)
personal connections to the land
how we treat the land (this includes water, those living on the land, etc.)
Tue 9th Oct, 2018
The fifty fifty arts collective and Timbre Concerts Present:
On Sale Friday July 27th, 2018 at 10am PT!
Featuring The Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show
Tuesday October 9th, 2018
@ COPPER OWL
Doors 8:00pm, Show 9:00pm
Tickets $20.00 (plus appl. s/c) advance available online at www.ticketweb.ca
Ticketweb direct link: https://www.ticketweb.ca/event/earthle...
Thu 13th Sep, 2018 - Sat 6th Oct, 2018
we were told we shouldn't
we were told we shouldn’t
but here we are, using the bag as a toy, the packagings of gender, beauty, ethnicity as playground to disfigure/diffuse/conceal/resist. and so here we are working collectively to conflate polymer and flesh, to see if containers make us succumb and change or adapt and remain resilient.
Artist statements: Collective & personal
i-y (pronounced ‘ew’), conform...
Mon 13th Aug, 2018 - Sat 8th Sep, 2018
Drawing on both historical perspectives and personal stories, Blue Crush considers the ways that we inherit, inhabit, and embody our differing lived experiences, and how these experiences inform our relationship to swimming.
By positioning sites such as pools and beaches as both places of recreation, and as colonized and contested spaces, swimming and beach culture are explored through the inti...
Sat 4th Aug, 2018
the fifty fifty arts collective ROCK LOTTERY!
Sign up is now CLOSED for this years Rock Lottery!!
Here's a short list of some of the bands our so far confirmed players are from.
Mr. Zoth and the Werespiders
PIGS: Canada's Most Authentic Pink Floyd Tribute
Did You Die
Fall Fair Car
The Half Moon Shine
Thu 26th Jul, 2018
EVENTIDE July 26, 2018
Copper Owl and The fifty fifty arts collective are pleased to present along with the City of Victoria - Local Government, CFUV 101.9 FM, Downtown Victoria Business Association, Capital Regional District and the Eventide Music Series a great night of dark synth inspired music by the likes of...
Thu 19th Jul, 2018 - Sat 11th Aug, 2018
In recent past, a leading corporation in the colour industry declared “greenery” to be the colour of the year— stating its importance as a symbol of optimism—yet we wonder what else hides within this omnipresent hue? Behind the abundance of luscious moss, lively plants, and majestic trees, the green-eyed monster still lurks.
Thu 21st Jun, 2018 - Sat 14th Jul, 2018
Corrie Peters and Jennifer van de Pol: Profound Feats
In conversation with Shirley Daventry French, the now 86 year old
founder of Victoria's longest running Yoga Studio, the Iyengar Yoga
Centre of Victoria, Jennifer said, "In my art, I am interested in how
small, subtle and silent acts can potentially have profound effects in
And Shirley answered, "Don't all acts have profound effects?"
Jennifer Van de Pol and Corrie Peters' co...
Thu 24th May, 2018 - Sun 17th Jun, 2018
Damla Tamer: Experience Class
Exhibition Opening: Thursday, May 24 from 7-10pm
Exhibition dates: May 24-June 16
Performative Artist Talk: June 16th, 5pm
What to do with the intense human desire to relate to the other, in a world where certain modes of relation have been co-opted into the order of the knowable? Is it possible to build a political discourse around the notions of care and hospitality for the other when the...
Thu 17th May, 2018
Pretty Good Not Bad & The fifty fifty arts collective present:
Merzbow & Balázs Pándi with Annunaki
For over thirty years, Merzbow (aka Masami Akita) has been the biggest and most recognizable figure on the international noise scene. Since 1980, he has released over 400 recordings, and has collaborated with various artists. There is no need to argue: Merzbow stands as the most i...
Thu 26th Apr, 2018 - Sun 20th May, 2018
David Semeniuk: Field Truth
In 1946, an international group led by the Canadian Armed Forces participated in Operation Muskox, a 3100 mile expedition beginning in Churchill, MB, and traversing a winter landscape to
Victoria Island, Nunavut, Normal Wells, NWT, and finishing in Edmonton, AB. The primary aim of the expedition was to determine the feasibility of a polar invasion into the Americas, while investigating how newly ...
Mon 26th Mar, 2018 - Sun 22nd Apr, 2018
Estraven Lupino Smith: CAST OFF
Estraven Lupino Smith: Cast Off
Opening Night: April 5th, 7-10pm
Exhibition and Working Studio Dates:
March 26th to April 22nd, 2018
During 10 days of working in the fifty fifty space, Estraven Lupino-Smith will create several pieces from discarded ship rope. They will be working with decorative knots and with tatting patterns. Tatting is a technique of creating lace from a series of loops a...
Fri 9th Mar, 2018
Laura Gildner: Groupie
Opening Night: Friday, March 9th from 7-10pm
Exhibition Dates: March 9th to March 25th
**Please note: the fifty fifty arts collective is a volunteer run organization, this means that exhibition hours can fluctuate unpredictably and on short notice due to volunteer availability; if you are coming to visit in a specific time frame, please feel free to make an appointment ...
Thu 1st Feb, 2018 - Mon 15th Jan, 2018
a bench, a curb, & shrubs
“a bench, curb, and shrubs” is an interactive show loosely about parks. This show features kinetic sculptural works that mimic playful urges, interactions and motions found in a park. Each work amplifies a subconsciously known signifier from the sculpture’s namesake (a bench, a curb, and shrubs) and aims to make the participant aware of the involuntary reactions to the subtle design affordan...
Thu 4th Jan, 2018 - Sun 28th Jan, 2018
Vortex to Eden
Vortex to Eden is a multidisciplinary study of pseudoscience and conspiracy theory, centralized around the account of Admiral Byrd, who claimed the Earth was hollow in the mid 20th century, after he flew his plane through a vortex located at the North Pole. Considering the myriad levels of social, political and philosophical queries begged of the hollow earth theory, this exhibition is an open end...
Thursday 11:00am-1:00pm / 3:00pm-5:00pm
Closed most holidays -
*Please Note* Under Covid - 19 guidelines. Wearing of face masks is suggested.
Visitors are asked to wait outside until the gallery sitter opens the door for them. Thank you for your considerations.
Gallery viewing by appointment may be available if you are unable to visit during posted hours. Gallery hours fluctuate. We are run and kept open entirely by the effort of volunteer labor. If you know exactly when you are going to come by the exhibition space and want to ensure we will be open, please send us an email before visiting the gallery so we can confirm that we will have someone there to meet you.
We are always looking for dedicated volunteers! If you are interested, send us an email.